Official Xbox Magazine UK's Scores

  • Games
For 1,455 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 44% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 6.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Lowest review score: 10 Double Dragon II: Wander of the Dragons
Score distribution:
1,455 game reviews
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you missed the cult the first time round, now is the time to jump on board. If you are already part of the cult, we know you'll be playing this right now.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There are very few ways that Gears of War 2 could be improved on. Only the story and the final boss in particular are a slight disappointment. Fanboys will love the fact that only one of a multitude of story arcs is concluded; everyone else will feel slightly unfulfilled. But aside from this, Gears 2 is not just the most exhilarating game you'll play this year, but possibly the most heady and downright shocking piece of entertainment full stop. Hollywood, your days are numbered. [Dec 2008, p.61]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An amazing sight to behold. [Apr 2008, p.99]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's online that Madden 09 really comes into its own. [Oct 2008, p.88]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ironically, Fight Night Round 4 may be the best argument for banning boxing yet. After all, when a game can get this close to the fluid, organic technicality of the real thing, why does anyone need to get hit in the face?... Solid, satisfying and totally revolutionary. [July 2009, p.81]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's simple what Bethesda's done here - it's taken Oblivion's engine and design ethos, and applied it to a fresh franchise. The results are truly impressive, and we've no hesitation in slapping on a Must Buy badge, but you can't help but notice that for every problem it's fixed from Oblivion, a new leak's sprung.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's a massive amount to say about GHWT, from the factoid videos teaching you the real guitar, and the vastly improved backdrop for gigs, to the superb way you can play as a band. This is a vastly entertaining package and a must buy for music lovers and GH fans.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Those worried that World War II has been done to death, fear not. Treyarch's willingness to push the boundaries has uncovered a side to the war few developers even knew existed, and we'll be damned if it doesn't make for one hell of a game to boot.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Under seven quid for one of the best one-on-one fighters since "Street Fighter II"? Bargain!
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At its worst, Rock Band 2 feels like a massive expansion pack that just fills in all the missing gaps from the original game. [Christmas 2008, p.92]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As wonderfully addictive as ever. [Oct 2008, p.94]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Unique, charming, frustrating, innovative. [Oct 2008, p.94]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best game in the franchise to date. It's genuinely good enough that it might even convert diehard PES fans if Konami's update this year ends up being as lacklustre as last year's.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A brilliant experience. No other license-shackled developer has understood their subject quite as well as Rocksteady, and this is without a doubt the definitive representation of the Dark Knight.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Far Cry 2 is this year's equivalent of Assassin's Creed... when it comes to enveloping the player in exotic sights and sounds, Ubisoft has absolutely nailed it. [Issue # 40]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Who knew agony could be so much fun? [Dec 2008, p.100]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    From giant pandas to Streets of Rage-inspired brawling, this is the most complete fighting game available to-date.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The only major disappointment is final boss Seth. Given how imaginative the rest of the crew are, going toe-to-toe with a bald, blue baddie that bears more than a passing resemblance to Bioshock's Fontaine feels like something of an anticlimax.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For the price, it's unmissable, and it proves that Liberty City can support far more than the two pieces of DLC Rockstar has committed to.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is pure videogame from start to finish - escapism at its finest. It reminds you of a time you didn't question why, you just went along for the ride. There's only one question: how the hell do you top it? [Jan 2009, p.92]
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Red Dead Redemption is a truly epic resuscitation of the Western theme in games. It's also easily the best gunslinging game we've ever played.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Still one of Sega's best racers. [Apr 2009, p.92]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's hugely addictive, enormously satisfying and will only set you back 800 points. What are you waiting for? [May 2009, p.96]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The first Assassin's Creed's charm was in the sumptuous graphics and straightforward action - that incredible climbing and free-running, and the visceral thrill of stapling evil people to the dirt with a wristblade. With AC2 the rest of the game has caught up with the brilliance of those central ideas to create a complete and coherent experience. We can think of plenty of words that could describe Assassin's Creed 2 - involving, exciting, cinematic - but there's only one word that sums it up beautifully. Killer. [Dec 2009, p.74]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's indisputably an excellent shooter: intelligent, satisfying, and a tiny bit thought-provoking, with big ideas and big fights that are never as clunky, irritating or unfair as BioShock. You should play it. But you should also know that - and here we'll borrow the game's own central theme of parenthood - it's a prodigy that never quite leaves the shadow of its father.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best ice hockey game yet. [Nov 2009, p.96]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game's brilliance is distilled in those heroic moments where you shunt the person in first, whip past and then execute a perfect drift between two mines on the final corner of the final lap. This is the Xbox 360's slick, stylish answer to Mario Kart and we absolutely love it.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is the old-school, full-bore ultra-violence that many people felt was missing from Niko's adventures. It's less a brooding crime epic and more a particularly ludicrous episode of Prison Break.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    IL-2 feels like two separate games: one a solid, fun arcade flyer, the other a testing simulation of true aerial combat circa Hitler-times. It's inevitable then, that if you're at all interested in planes, or just want to embarrass yourself at a different altitude, IL-2 can hardly come more recommended.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Once again Turn 10 has produced the biggest and deepest racer on the Xbox 360.